I hate to admit it, but although my grandfather's loom came to me last January, and it has been in my studio put together for months, I have not yet woven anything on it. I did a small piece on the Macomber (also from my grandfather) --that seemed familiar and safe-- but the Harrisville seemed like a large countermarche beast that needed taming before I could weave on it. Turns out she is a gentle giant and so far I love her!
I could site endless excuses why my actual weaving in my own studio hasn't so much, well, happened in the last 8 months, but the truth is that life got in the way. A shift in perspective is called for--weaving is necessary to my soul. Making art and spending quiet time in my studio is of utmost importance. Resistance is a creeping, insidious presence that will use any excuse to draw me away from the loom (oh, you're hungry? Why not drive 10 miles to town to get a Sonic shake? you have a hang nail on your pinky toe? that might take several hours to remedy... etc.)
Back to the Harrisville Rug Loom: For those of you who aren't familiar with this loom, it has a warp tensioning rod on the back that lowers as you weave so the back beam doesn't have to turn at all as long as your piece is less than about 8 feet long. This feature I love. It should make the warp tension fabulous... and so far it is! My only complaint is the lack of locking treadles. I know this loom was not designed for weaving tapestry, but locking treadles would sure make tapestry easier! It is a high loom and I could probably rig it to stand and weave if it had locking treadles.
Anyway, I've started a couple quicker pieces for Weaving Southwest while thinking about a more complicated project for my shows next year.
Speaking of which, I have two group shows scheduled in 2010. The project is called Interwoven Traditions: New Mexico and Bauhaus. I am working with James Koehler and Cornelia Theimer Gardella in a study of Bauhaus art theory and how we have used this theory in our work as tapestry artists both in Germany (Cornelia is a German citizen) and here in New Mexico.
The first show is in conjunction with Convergence 2010 which is in Albuquerque, NM in July. It will be at the Open Spaces Gallery in July and August 2010.
In September and October 2010 it will be at St. Michael's Church in Erfurt, Germany. More details to come!
There is nothing so comforting as an old yellow lab sleeping in the sun next to your loom...